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The Moon Child

A young de-frocked priest with a pathological hatred of Jews, an ageing occultist who saw ancient runic secrets hidden throughout the German countryside—who could imagine they would both cause the loss of millions of lives by 1945? Lans von Liebenfels and Guido von List were both ‘feaux’ German aristocrats and occultists who wrote reams of rubbish about the Jews of the pan Germanic region and the ‘lost’ noble history of pagan Germany.

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Guido von List (Wikipedia, German archives)

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Lanz von Liebenfels

Von List lived in Vienna for much of his life and was famed among occult circles. He drew devotees from across Europe and England. Figures of importance in secret societies often convened in Vienna for meetings and rituals staged by von List. The one time he came under public scrutiny he drew ire for attempting a major black magic ritual, the creation of a ‘succubus’ or ‘moon child’. The succubus, a female demon feared (or perhaps favored) for sexual attacks on men during the dead of night.

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Succubus or female demon as drawn by Pier Luiga Bondanza for World

of Warcraft. Female demons are popular with fantasy artists!

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Mediaval carving of a succubus

The word got out somehow but history does not record whether he succeeded or failed—could a centenarian moon child succubus be living in Vienna today? List had to leave town after that. Liebenfels stayed on and published his strange magazine “Ostara” a bizarre mix of anti-jewish racial rants, railings against The Church and claims of racial superiority of the ‘Aryans.’

There were many oddball sources of the wave of this Aryan pride, Germanic nation building, anti-Semitic vitriol long before List and Liebenfels. The great composer Wagner was rabidly anti-Semitic. His English son in law, Houston Stewart Chamberlain wrote at length about the superiority of the German race and it was French author Joseph Gobineau who coined the term Aryan and first introduced the idea of a German ‘Master race.”

The almost hundred year phenomenon of this mix of national pride, a sense of Germanic destiny and racial superiority found its nadir in the person of one man—Adolf Hitler. There is little doubt that the young Hitler, as a destitute artist in Vienna, came into the sphere of influence of Leibenfels and perhaps List. There is a wealth of supporting information, but none of it links together into a coherent string of events that can be followed—which is why I wrote “The Watch” a novel about the occult origins of the Nazi party. The book traces the rise of Hitler from Vienna to Berlin, and draws in the lives of those forever connected to him by the great canvass of history that was World War II. In researching the book I spent 15 years reading from “Mein Kampf” to “A Genius for War,” from the “Bhagavad Gita” to “The Runes Workbook.”

We will forever attempt to fathom the madness that was the German nation under Nazism, both in fact and fiction. “The Watch” draws in heroes, villains, generals and politicians, not to mention witches, warlocks and the pure evil of demons such as Heinrich Himmler—and there is far more fact in the ‘novel’ than any reader will know.

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New Myth Entertainment

Hollywood’s New Myth Entertainment is reading “The Watch: Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany.” A copy of the book was ordered several weeks ago following the publication announcement. Will the book make the big screen? We will keep you posted.

“Personally, I see the book making a better television series than a film–but either way it would be great to see these characters come alive,” said author Jack Rees. The book is being reviewed by producer David Ranes, who produced “The Butler” among other films.Ranes

 

“We are pleased to see that Jack’s book is gathering interest and sales–it is a fascinating story about a side of World War II that has always garnered interest. Despite this very little is known about Adolf’ Hitler’s occult interests and the strange technology pursued by the Nazis even at the expense of the war effort, “said Hamburg Press Editor Dieter Oellner.

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The Hagley Wood Murder: The body in the Wytch Elm

The actual witch elm in Hagley Wood

The actual witch elm in Hagley Wood

In April of 1943 three boys went bird egg hunting in Hagley Woods – lands on the estate of Lord Cobham below Clent Hills in the Cotswolds District of England. In the midst of the forest was a stunted elm tree. It was a likely spot for a nest, so one of the boys clambered up to the top, some five feet from the ground. The boy, Robert Hart, discovered that the tree was hollow. Staring up at him from the rotting leaves inside the trunk was a human skull. A body had been tossed into the hollow trunk of the ancient elm.

Within a short while Worcestershire County Police were able to determine that the skeletal remains belonged to a woman of medium height. At the time of her death she was dressed in a dark striped woolen cardigan, a light blue plastic belt, a dark cloth skirt and blue crepe soled shoes.

The bones showed no evidence of injury, so the cause of death could not be determined. The only distinctive feature of the entire skeleton was the mouth – the teeth were particularly irregular. Professor J. M. Webster, one of the country’s top forensic pathologists, was called in to minutely examine the remains. It was he who developed a mass of evidence including the clothing and the teeth. The teeth were especially important. Dental records, even in the 1940s, were such that the identity of the woman would not long remain a mystery. Even so, the police contacted shops and manufacturers, possible sources of the clothing and the distinctive crepe soled shoes.

As the police investigation widened, several disturbing facts surrounding the location of the body came into consideration. The tree that served as the woman’s grave for some eighteen months was known locally as “The Wytch Elm.” Looming above Hagley Wood were the Clent Hills – atop which was an ancient circle of stones said to have been used by local witches for sabbats. Eighteen months after the body in the Wytch Elm was discovered there another killing 40 miles away. The body of Charles Walton was found beneath an oak tree at Meon Hill, his body staked to the ground with his own pitchfork – and a cross deeply carved in his throat with a knife.

The villagers in nearby Lower Quinton were convinced that witchcraft was behind the Walton murder. Police began to consider that the Hagley Wood murder might have similar connections.

As I write this, 71 years after the body of this 35 year-old woman was discovered, she remains unidentified. Despite the wealth of clues, nothing was ever learned about who she was, or how she died – or who murdered her.

I came across both murders in my research for The Watch: Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany. I decided to keep the memory of the lost woman in the wytch elm alive by weaving it into the storyline. In the book (a reflection of the still largely secret truth) Churchill uses occult groups in England to actively combat the pagan work of Himmler’s black priesthood, the SS. Himmler and Hitler both used astrologers – so Churchill employed them to tell him what Hitler might be thinking. It was also important to let Himmler know that an occult war was being staged against the Nazi Reich.

In the book the body in the wytch elm finally gains a name and a face. It might be fiction – but then again, there are those who believe it may not be far at all from the truth.

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Gerald Gardner & The Witches of the Weald

Southeastern England is a rich agricultural area formed by a massive eroded chalk dome. The southern edge of the eroded dome forms the white cliffs of Dover. From Dover the continent is some twenty-one miles away across the English Channel – making it the stepping-stone for every traveller, and conqueror of the past.

Before the Channel existed there was a low valley between the Weald and the Continent. As far back as the Mesolithic, wanderers would make their way to this spot, teeming with game and wild crops. At some unrecorded time the Celts arrived and with them the Druids and the pagan pantheon. The ancient Mesolithic road across the Weald became The Ancient Path of the Druids, guiding the seekers of knowledge to Anglesey.

At some point the pagan gods became the warp and weft of rural life in the Weald. But for a brief 500 years of Roman rule, the covens, the High Priestesses and the Masters of the Sabbat reigned supreme…until the coming of Christianity. The rule of the men of Nicea drove the covens underground. It never managed to eradicate them.

The ‘religion’ through which we celebrated our connection with the sky above and the earth beneath – and every natural thing between the two – became the stuff of moonless nights, of dark ritual, and tales to chill the hearts of good Christian children.

The centuries that followed were filled with clear evidence that the pagan religion was alive and well if underground. And the one place it was strongest – was in the Weald of Kent. In was not until well after the second world war that laws to curb ‘witchcraft’ in England were cast off the books. Well before this a retired Civil Servant named Gerald Gardner was busy making his own connections with the witches of the Weald. Gardner had spent a career in the East Indies where he used his spare time to explore the odd and the arcane. He may have thought he was giving all that up when he retired to England.

Gardner began writing about witchcraft as a living religion in England. His books lived long after he did. They gave rise to worldwide religion of Wicca, the modern counterpart of the millennia old pagan religion.

Today the exponents of Gardnerian witchcraft still debate over exactly how Gardner came by his knowledge. Many believe he cobbled his ideas together from various written sources and archival research. Gardner always claimed that he was ‘introduced’ to the religion by a Doris Clutterbuck – a witch from the Kentish Weald. Many historians of the movement claim that Clutterbuck could not be found, that she was a figment of Gardner’s imagination. This is must be the result of poor research – for my grandmother knew the Clutterbucks – and the family name is still alive and well in Lamberhurst in the midst of the Weald. Hetty Leaney was the headmistress of the village school in Lamberhurst until shortly before World War II. More than a few stories of the “goings on” around Lamberhurst during the times of the pagan calendar have come down through the family.

In The Watch – Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany” I gave a nod to the memory of Hetty Leaney and Doris Clutterbuck by including some of that family history in a section of the book. In the book the earth of the Weald gives birth to a long buried ancient stone circle – the center of the witch’s spell casting against the black adepts of Hitler’s SS priesthood. Gardner spoke of such activities and was often derided at the time of the writing – after the war. They were all true.

There are many more stories buried in the soil of the Weald…a few in books yet to be written.

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 General Patton – The Mystic Warrior:

He was unique. Before or since, there was no General like him. Like any leading General of his era, Patton was skilled in the art of war. Like some Generals of his era he could encourage men to die for a cause as he led them into battle. Unlike any General before or since Patton was a firm believer in reincarnation. He spoke and wrote poems about service under Caesar and Hannibal, he had an uncanny knowledge of the ground over which former great leaders had marched. This was not knowledge peculiar to Patton – his entire family believed in reincarnation from his father to his uncles. In “The Watch” I cover several true incidents in the life of Patton as part of the story of Ben Størgaard, a Minnesota farm boy who finds himself working deep inside Heinrich Himmler’s SS as a secret agent for Winston Churchill. On Patton’s 7th birthday he announced that he would die leading an army in a world war. He began his rise in the military when he killed Julio Cardenas, a ‘general’ under Pancho Villa. He later toured northern France before World War I – making maps of the area and routes he intended to use with an army of tanks – which had yet to be invented. The story also covers a meeting Patton is rumored to have had with General Field Marshal Günther von Kluge near Avranche shortly after the Allies had broken out of the Normandy beachhead. In his final appearance in the story, Patton seeks the whereabouts of the Spear of Destiny, the sacred object that entranced the young Adolf Hitler in the Kuntshistorisches Museum in the Hoffburg at Vienna. General George Patton III had his faults, as any researcher quickly discovers when delving into the many books and papers written about him and his life. He was both a product of his time, and also a human being with the faults common to any of us this today. Beyond that is the sense that here was something extraordinary, a soul connected with the greater universe of time and space, with the ability to transcend both. A few years back I had the privilege of holding in my hands the two Colt Model 1873 revolvers that were first issued to Patton in the U.S. Army (some say he favored Smith & Wessons, not the Colt). He wore them at the battle of San Miguelito when he and his men killed Cardenas and two others. Even then they had ivory handles. Patton knew his destiny – and his connection with the primal forces that drive all existence still makes those two revolvers hum with energy. The Watch can be purchased at: http://www.thehamburgpress.com/books/limited-signed-copy-the-watch

 

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Ten Dead Tibetans

When Allied troops explored the ruins of Himmler’s gestapo headquarters among the amazing finds were the bodies of ten Tibetans. They were dressed in SS uniforms and all had been shot execution style. Who were they? What were they doing in Germany? What was their connection with Heinrich Himmler? No official answers have ever come forth and this is but one of the many enduring mysteries of the last days of the Third Reich.

We do know that Himmler had great interest in Tibet and eastern religion in general. His favorite book was the Bhagavad Gita, the Indian spiritual saga. He also was a proponent of Helena Blavatsky’s claims about the origin of the Aryan race in the Tibetan highlands.

Just prior to the war, Himmler sent explorer Eric Schäfer to Tibet on a mission to seek out these Aryan roots, to gather unique plant and animal specimens and to  learn more about sources of ancient wisdom.

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The Schäfer expedition (Source:German federal Archives).

In “The Watch: Churchill’s Secret War for the Soul of Germany” from The Hamburg Press I use a fictional platform to  explain what else Schäfer was doing in Tibet — and so provide an explanation for those ten dead Tibetans. The book is on the presses as I write and will be available to purchase within the next week or so. Further posts will provide some links — the first 100 books will come directly from me and I will sign each one personally to the purchaser.

The Watch advances explanations for many of the strange occurrences that still confound researchers and historians. Why were certain chambers within the underground Nordhausen rocket factory found locked from the inside? What happened to the 2,500 crack SS troops who marched into the Jonestal Valley’s Wenceslaus Mine in Silesia? Large chambers in the mine were also found locked from the inside. When they were blasted open — they were completely empty. In The Watch I provide a theory based our limited knowledge of Nazi experiments with quantum physics and time itself.

 

 

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Online Interview @ Writers-and-Authors, March 4th

UPDATE : interview posted, feel free tom comment! http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/2014/03/interview-with-jack-rees.html

I will be doing an author interview on http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/ on Tuesday, March 4th. Jo Feliciani will host a guest blog for me and I will be available to answer questions through the comments section of WritersandAuthors and also through the comment section of this blog. Feel free to read and comment/ask.

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